The Science Ambassador Scholarship

A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math.
Funded by Cards Against Humanity. Applications for the 2021 academic year open this fall.

If you'd like to be notified when applications open, sign up for our mailing list here.

Congratulations to Sala, our 2020 Winner

Sala is a high school senior from Virginia. Here's the moment we told her she'd won:

Sala is our fifth scholarship winner. Read about our previous winners.

How does it feel to win?
It honestly feels surreal! I feel so lucky, and I'm excited to get to work with everyone and make more videos in the future!

What do you plan to study?
I want to get a degree in engineering. Right now, I'm leaning towards mechanical, but I'm not married to it! I would also be open to aerospace or materials science.

It's far off, but any thoughts about life after college?
I'd love to get a job in the space industry. While I definitely want to stay here on Earth, I think it would be awesome to work on projects that solve problems for people working on the moon and even Mars! At the end of it all, when I retire from engineering, my dream is to come back to where it all started and be a high school calculus teacher.


Did you know we also award scholarships to our runners-up? Watch their videos here.

Olivia $2,500 Olivia's video
Claire $1,000 Claire's video
Anika $1,000 Anika's video
Bridget $1,000 Bridget's video

How To Apply This Fall

Applications for the 2021 academic year open this fall. To apply, film a three–minute video of yourself explaining a STEM topic you're passionate about. You must be a high school senior or an undergraduate college student to apply. To view examples of previous applications, check out our winners page. Your video should be:

  • A mini–lecture, not a personal statement. Pretend you're a lecturer speaking to a class. Teach us something.
  • Clear, creative, accurate, and a demonstration of your passion for the subject. Your video doesn't need to be fancy or high–tech. Production value is not a factor.
  • Three minutes or less in length.
  • About any STEM topic, not necessarily your field of study.
  • Scientifically accurate. We encourage you to cite sources you use to research your topic.
  • Uploaded to YouTube and marked ‘public.’ It should be accessible to the general public and could, but doesn't have to be, targeted at young students.
A woman applying for a rad scholarship for women studying STEM fields

An advisory board of women who hold higher degrees and work in a broad range of STEM fields will review applications and select finalists. Finalists will be notified in early 2021 and will move onto the next round to submit additional materials. A winner will be announced in April 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply?

Applications open fall 2020.

Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen to apply?

You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply. You do need to attend college (or plan to attend college) in the United States or a United States Territory.

Does my video have to be about my field of study?

Nope! You can explain any STEM topic you find exciting. Remember to deliver a mini–lecture, not a personal statement.

Can I apply if I'm a graduate student?

No. The Science Ambassador Scholarship is only open to undergraduate students and high school seniors.

Which fields of study are eligible?

All fields within science, technology, engineering, and math are eligible. For a full list of STEM fields, click here. STEM must be your major field of study (not your minor).

I haven't decided on a major, but I'm definitely going to study a STEM field. Can I still apply?

Yes, you can apply, as long as you will study a STEM field for the entirety of your undergraduate career.

I work in a school. How can I share this opportunity with my students?

You can link them to and download this flyer to print out. Send us an email if you want more materials, like posters and brochures.

How can I help support the Science Ambassador Scholarship?

You can spread the word to as many eligible students as possible. Also, you could grab the Cards Against Humanity Science Pack. All sales fund the scholarship.

Who drew all the amazing illustrations on this site?

The brilliant Ashley Lukashevsky.

Meet the Winners

An illustration of all of our Science Ambassador Scholarship winners so far. You could be one of them! An illustration of all of our Science Ambassador Scholarship winners so far. You could be one of them!

Every semester, we ask winners of the Science Ambassador Scholarship to create new videos explaining STEM topics they're learning about in school.

Meet the Science Ambassadors


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Tweet us at @CAH_Science and @CAH

The Science Pack

Our goal is to highlight outstanding women in science, technology, engineering, and math. To date, we've funded four full–ride scholarships and created a community of mentors and students who work in STEM fields.

Scholarship funds are provided from Cards Against Humanity's Science Pack, a 30–card expansion pack co–authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal's Zach Weinersmith and Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait.

 $1,316,186  raised so far

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Meet the Judges

Advisory Board Co-Chairs

Veronica Berns, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Instruction, Northwestern University

Kathryn Havens, M.D. Medical College of Wisconsin, Kern Institute

Jen Indovina CEO & Founder, Tenrehte

Tami Lieberman, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Julie Nadel, Ph.D. Senior Program Manager, Office of the Vice Provost of Graduate and Professional Education

Dr. Esther Ngumbi, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Advisory Board

Leigh Abrams, Ph.D. Senior Scientist R&D, Honeywell UOP

Brittany Allen-Petersen, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University

Laurie Bayet, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology, American University

Elena Chartoff, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School, Director of the Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Laboratory, McLean Hospital

Dr. Amanda Childers Senior Scientist

Emily R. Davenport, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Penn State University

Molly Foote Ph.D. College of Health Sciences, California Northstate University

Mallory Hacker, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Kathryn Henley Associate Director of Scientific Writing

Stephanie Hicks Assistant Professor

Dr. Jennifer Hirsh PharmD, M.S. , Clinical Informatics Pharmacist/Program Manager, Veterans Health Administration (VISN 12)

Dr. Renée Hložek Dunlap Institute and Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto

Dr. Christina M. Ignarra Postdoctoral Research Associate, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Meghan Joly, Ph.D. Vanderbilt Institute of Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR), Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Joyce Kao, Ph.D. Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, ETH Zürich

Assistant Prof. Michelle Kline Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University

Sarah Kolitz, Ph.D. VP Translational Medicine, Immuneering

Annalena La Porte, Ph.D. Scientific Associate, VMLY&R

Dr. Tara Mandalaywala Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Lisa Manglass Ph.D. Student

Heather M. Maranges Doctoral Candidate, Department of Psychology, Florida State University

Lindsay Marjoram, Ph.D. Research Associate, Powered Research, LLC

Dr. Alison R. Marklein

Mackenzie Mathis, Ph.D.

Debbie Gale Mitchell Assistant Teaching Prof., Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Denver

Dr. Sarah Mitchell Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Loyola Marymount University

MurphyKate Montee Math Dept, University of Chicago

Dr. Christine Sierra O'Connell Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Department

Nadija Rieser Medical Student

Irene Gallego Romero, Ph.D. Lecturer in Systems Genomics, University of Melbourne

Dr. Molly Rossow Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Kate Sippel, DVM, DACVR Senior Medical Manager IDEXX Laboratories

Sara Tallarovic, Ph.D.

Dr. AnnMarie Thomas Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Entrepreneurship, University of St. Thomas

Anna Turetsky, Ph.D.

Sharda Umanath, Ph.D. Department of Psychological Science, Claremont McKenna College

Karina Wernecke Systems Manager, McMaster-Carr

Dr. Stack Whitney Science, Technology and Society department, Rochester Institute of Technology

Melissa A. Wilson, Ph.D. Center for Evolution and Medicine, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

Cindy Wu Co-Founder, Experiment

We Proudly Sponsor

Cards Against Humanity & the Science Ambassador Scholarship are proud sponsors of This year, we donated $3,000 to help fund STEM projects and field trips in classrooms around the country.

Help a classroom in need

Special Thanks